This week in Winning Post

Opinions vary on the relative strength of the colts' and the fillies' form in Melbourne, but we'll find out this Saturday when many of the nation's best two-year-olds clash in the Blue Diamond at Caulfield.

Loving Gaby has plenty of fans after her devastating win in the Chairman's Stakes, but some surprise results through the preview series have left the result wide open.

The Diamond leads a cracking Caulfield program, with the Group 1 Futurity Stakes and Oakleigh Plate in support. Meanwhile at Rosehill it's Silver Slipper day, with the Golden Slipper lead-up supported by the Hobartville, the Millie Fox and the Parramatta Cup.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for The Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus Benalla during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Scone, Canberra, Ipswich, Bordertown and Mt Barker.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in SA, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Gosford (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Hawkesbury's Provincial Championship qualifier day and Oaks day at Launceston plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post February 23 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
The Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Donald
Caulfield, Rosehill, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Gosford (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sale, Hawkesbury, Sunshine Coast, Launceston
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Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Flemington Saturday - R7 N13 Adana 8th
Flemington Saturday - R3 N5 Enigman 8th
Flemington Saturday - R6 N6 George Patton 13th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R8 N8 Frolic 9th
Letter of the Week

Send in the clones?

I was flicking through the National Geographic channels on TV recently and came across an interesting program about horses that have been cloned for use in polo.
A wealthy polo enthusiast named Webber and the top Argentinian player have cloned their top polo horses and now have 200 steeds resulting from such clonings.
They look exactly like the horses they are cloned with, save some  slight colour variations.
Like other people I guess I wonder how long before someone clones a top racing thoroughbred.  
This cannot happen under the rigorous protocols now in force in thoroughbred breeding — which ban even artificial insemination, a common practice with most animal breeds — but, as they say, never say never.

Mick Gurn
Pittsworth (Qld)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: